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Letargy, does not want to go outside and cough/gag every once

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letargy, does not want to go outside and cough/gag every once in awhile
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hello, It is the cough/gag every so often that could be very significant. Common causes for coughing in dogs can include: A upper respiratory infection (bacterial and/or viral), Asthma, Bronchitis (caused by infection or allergies), Heart disease (an enlarged heart will apply pressure on the lungs), Pneumonia, and Heartworm diseaseSo, for a 9 year old Shepherd, also exhibiting lethargy, this will be well worth a vet visit sooner than later. Tough to say if any x-rays would be indicated at this point, but it will depend on what the vet finds.Good Luck!Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy